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Harry Ransom Center eNews March 2012 eNews
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Newly cataloged collection of science materials now open for research

A collection of science materials from the family of Sir John F. W. Herschel (1792–1871) is now open for research after a $10,000 grant enabled the Center to rehouse the collection and create an online inventory.  John Herschel has been called Britain's first modern physical scientist, and his correspondence has been described as one of the most valuable archives for nineteenth-century science. LEARN MORE or VIEW online inventory.


Special offer celebrates recognition of photography catalog

The Gernsheim Collection, co-published by the Harry Ransom Center and the University of Texas Press, received an Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award, which honors a distinguished catalog in the history of art published during the past year. To celebrate this recognition, the Ransom Center is offering editor-signed copies of The Gernsheim Collection at a reduced price of $60 through March 15 at the visitor desk or online. Orders placed by this date will also receive a set of five notecards featuring images from the Gernsheim collection. LEARN MORE.


The Atlantic magazine profiles the Ransom Center

Anne Trubek reports on Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley and the Center's "role in literary-canon formation" as it acquires the archives of living writers. READ ARTICLE.


Ransom Center launches Tumblr and Google+ page

Social media fans now have two new ways to keep up with the latest happenings at the Ransom Center through its presence on Tumblr and Google+. These additions complement the Center's existing presence on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and more. CONNECT with the Ransom Center.


Test your knowledge on King James Bible quotes

Which famous phrase didn’t come from the King James Bible translation? Participate in a quiz on the Ransom Center's Facebook page for the chance to win a set of postcards inspired by the exhibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence. TAKE THE QUIZ.


Join us for "Kings & Creators"

Eat, drink, and be merry this Friday, March 2, at the opening reception for the exhibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence. Guests will enjoy a first look at the exhibition, a royal photo booth, screenings, light hors d’oeuvres, seventeenth-century English music, and custom calligraphy with Capitol City Scribes. JOIN online or purchase tickets at the door for $20 (valet parking included).


Ransom Center hosts teacher workshops related to The King James Bible: Its History and Influence

In conjunction with its exhibition, The King James Bible: Its History and Influence, the Ransom Center hosts teacher workshops on Saturday, March 24, and Saturday, March 31. Sponsored by Humanities Texas, the workshops examine the historical influence of the King James translation. LEARN MORE.



The King James Bible: Its History and Influence
Through July 29

The King James Bible: Its History and Influence

The King James Bible remains a vital work whose language permeates contemporary literature, music, film, art, and everyday speech. The exhibition examines the history of this translation and its far-reaching influence on the arts and humanities, from John Milton to Harriet Beecher Stowe to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Norman Mailer. The exhibition features the most comprehensive display of Bibles and related materials in the Ransom Center’s history, as well as prints by Marc Chagall, silk screens by Jacob Lawrence, and sculpture by Eric Gill. LEARN MORE, VIEW A VIDEO PREVIEW, or BOOK A PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR.



Kings and Creators

OPENING Join us for “Kings & Creators,” the opening reception for the exhibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence. Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members. VIEW DETAILS. Tickets and memberships are available for purchase at the door.


THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 7 P.M. Jessen Auditorium
LECTURE Robert Alter, Hebrew scholar, translator, and critic, presents “The Question of Eloquence in the King James Version.” Co-sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE.


PFORZHEIMER LECTURE James Shapiro, Columbia University professor and author of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare and 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, presents “Unravelling Shakespeare’s Life.” This program will be WEBCAST LIVE.


MEMBER EVENT Curator of Film Steve Wilson offers a behind-the-scenes look at recent film acquisitions, including the archive of Nicholas Ray, director of Rebel Without a Cause (1955). A reception follows. Open to Guild-level members and above; limited capacity; RSVP required. JOIN, UPGRADE, or RENEW.


CURATOR TOUR Co-curators Richard Oram, Associate Director and Hobby Foundation Librarian, and Danielle Brune Sigler, Assistant Director and Curator for Academic Programs, lead a tour of The King James Bible: Its History and Influence.


Insider's Perspective

From buildings to books to tattoos: The language of the King James Bible

"Eat, drink, and be merry." "The skin of our teeth." "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Phrases from the King James Bible are so thoroughly integrated into our language that we often don't think about their origins. In conjunction with the exhibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence, co-curator Danielle Brune Sigler explores the translation's influence on works ranging from the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. to Robert De Niro's tattoos in Cape Fear. LEARN MORE.


March 2012


Masthead image:
(Detail) Eric Gill, Four Gospels (1931).
News image:
A drawing of Halley's Comet by Caroline Herschel in 1835–1836.
Exhibitions image:
Exhibition identity graphic.
Public Programs image:
Identity graphic for "Kings & Creators."
Insider's Perspective image:
A production still of Robert De Niro as Max Cady, the bible verse-tattoo sporting convict from Cape Fear.

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